Nokia to supply a TETRA network for shared use by authorities in Beijing

January 8, 2001

Agreement marks the start of a shared-network market for digital professional mobile radio in China.

Nokia and the Beijing Hua Xun Group have signed an agreement for the delivery of a TETRA digital professional mobile radio network for shared use by authorities in Beijing. Leaders from the Beijing Municipal Government and China's Ministry of Information Industry attended the signing ceremony, which marked the formal start of a shared-network market for digital professional mobile radio in China.

After a very careful evaluation of the TETRA technology and other digital trunking technologies, the Hua Xun Group selected TETRA for the shared digital radio communication network in Beijing. This marks an important milestone for TETRA technology in China.

Nokia will deliver to Beijing Hua Xun Group its advanced TETRA system, including digital switches, base stations, dispatcher system, network management system, terminals and customer services.

The TETRA system will provide superior voice and data communication facilities for government departments and services, including public safety and security, transportation, utilities, construction and emergency services. The network will be the most advanced professional mobile radio network in China, with the richest functionality, and it will serve as an important shared platform for communication between authorities.

The network will combine the benefits of a shared network and a private network. The shared TETRA network will offer a general platform to all participating organizations, and due to its unique VPN function, each organisation will also be able to build its own virtual private network (VPN), enabling each member to use it as the equivalent of its own private radio communication network.

In addition, the TETRA network will enable the Beijing government to realize its commitment to guarantee professional radio communication services for the 2008 Olympic games.

"Nokia's capability to supply the most advanced TETRA systems and implement large networks led the Hua Xun Group to choose Nokia as its partner," said David Ho, Vice President of Nokia (China) Investment Co., Ltd. "The Nokia-Hua Xun project will promote the construction of information technology infrastructure in Beijing and speed up the development of the Chinese TETRA market."

Nokia is the world's leading supplier of TETRA networks and terminals, offering the most modern countrywide digital radio communication solutions for public safety organizations. Special features particularly for the use of public authorities include: top-class communication security, fast group calls, sophisticated emergency call functionality, prioritized calls, advanced messaging and data communication services, including packet data.

Nokia has a proven track record of delivering multiswitch TETRA networks capable of providing all TETRA services uniformly countrywide. The open interfaces of Nokia TETRA solutions enable seamless integration to command and control systems.

Nokia is committed to a long-term development and preferred partnership in China. With innovative technology, Nokia has continuously strengthened its market position as a leading supplier of mobile and broadband network systems and mobile phones in China. China is Nokia's second largest market in the world. Nokia's investment in China has surpassed USD 1.7 billion. Nokia has established over twenty offices, eight joint ventures and two R&D centers, with over 5,500 employees in China.

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.

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